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THE NARROW GATE
"So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions" (Luke 14:33).
What could be more direct? What could be clearer? How can anyone sidestep this statement? The only way to counter it, is to disregard it. And to disregard it, is in the end to verify it.
The question is thus pressed - Will you be His disciple in the Millennial kingdom? If so, then you must obey His words. Yahshua also said in first Remnant Matthew and second Remnant Luke: "Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it" (Matthew 7:13-14). "Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able" (Luke 13:23).
Today, just before the return of Yahshua, these words take on their ultimate relevance for which they were intended. Like Yahshua's two statements regarding the two mountains that were specific statements addressing two specific mountains, and not general faith statements, even so that which He is saying here is equally not general in nature but very specific in time and purpose - our time, today, and with the purpose of inviting us to enter into the tree of life work of the Remnant. Quite obviously, the narrow gate, even the narrow door, is the narrow way of becoming His disciple who will follow Him and keep His words - "So therefore, no one of you (today) can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions." No one who does not give up his possessions preceding Yahshua's return, will be His disciple and reign with Him in the Millennial kingdom.
And it is not as though we are picking scriptures out of thin air here, because examination of these three referenced passages in context (Luke 14:33, Matthew 7:13-14, and Luke 13:23) confirms and reveals that they have been laying there all this time, waiting to be seen and revealed for that which they truly speak and to those to whom they are addressed. The certain and specific application of each of these three subject verses in context is highly confirmed to be just that which we are seeing here regarding selling all, and it will be worthwhile to further consider each of these.
Let us first examine the context of the statement found in first Remnant Matthew 7. Keep in mind when reading this, however, that the message and even the promise here, is specifically regarding the Remnant giving up everything to follow Him in pursuit of the kingdom of God during His Millennial reign. Read this with this intended message to us today. Truly, this is the precise purpose of these words. We will start reading in verse 7.
"Ask, and it (the restored kingdom) shall be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it shall be opened. Or what man is there among you, when his son shall ask him for a loaf (truth), will give him a stone (judgment)? Or if he shall ask for a fish (the 153 fish out of the sea of death), he will not give him a snake, will he (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil kingdom that is inhabited by the snake, Satan)? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him! Therefore, however you want people to treat you, do so for them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Then Yahshua adds the statement about the narrow gate, which will be restated here for your review and in order to retain the flow of the message.
"Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide, and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and many are those who enter by it. For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it."
Then in continuing confirmation of this passage's specific application to the second Remnant, we next read:
Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves (the false prophets of Christianity). You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?
The passage continues with this examination of the fruit of the tree, and concludes that the tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down. This is of course the same fig tree of Christianity that is cursed and dies, and the fig-mulberry tree that is plucked up and cast into the sea. The passage then continues to the very portion we have already examined regarding those who call Yahshua "Lord, Lord," but He rejects them, and compares them to the man who built his house on the sand. Of course the one who builds his house on the rock is the one we are seeing addressed here - the second Remnant who enter into the tree of life work through the narrow gate. The one who builds his house on the sand is equally the broad gate, which is clearly Christianity with its gate as broad as 22,000 denominations and sects! Now that's broad! Let us now consider some specific and highly relevant comments regarding the fruit of the kingdom and the cares of this world.
What specifically is Yahshua saying here regarding the good fruit of the kingdom and that which makes it impossible to be brought forth? Let us read this once again - "Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor figs from thistles, are they?" Is this ringing a bell with you? What have we already noted in The Love of Money regarding thorn bushes and thistles? These are the "worries of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things (that) enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful" (Mark 4:18-19). These are the thorn bushes and thistles that have been placed on the head of the afflicted body of Christ for 2,000 years, the thorn bushes and thistles that ensnare the ram of Christianity and prepare it for death, even the weeds that are wrapped around the head of the body of Christ Jonah as it spends its legal three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish.
So can the vast tree of Christianity that spreads over the entire world, has birds nesting in it, is filled with splendid foliage, but equally has the thorns and thistles of the worries of this world, ever produce the good fruit of the kingdom? Christianity can never and would never produce the fruit of the kingdom because it is a work that is thoroughly consumed by and entangled with worldly riches! To say it plainly, it has the thorns and thistles that Yahshua was speaking of here. And no second Remnant work will ever be able to bring forth the fruit of the kingdom either, unless it follows the words of Yahshua and the obedience of the first Remnant and likewise gives up all possessions to become His disciple.
From all that we have read here, can there be any doubt that these verses are directed specifically to the second Remnant, and that the narrow gate is clearly to follow Yahshua's words, give up all of one's possessions, and ask, seek, and knock for the kingdom of God? Now for the similar passage in Luke.
Just before Yahshua's statement concerning the "narrow door" in Luke 13, we find His statements that the kingdom of God will be corrupted with the birds of the air and leaven. Of course this is the corruption of the kingdom man has known for 2,000 years. Then after His "narrow door" statement (which is included here), we then read:
"Strive to enter by the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, 'Lord, open up to us!' then He will answer and say to you, 'I do not know where you are from.' Then you will begin to say, 'We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets (Christian church services)'; and He will say, 'I tell you, I do not know where you are from; depart from Me, all you evildoers'" (24-27).
The message we find here is precisely the same message concerning Noah and the ark that he built. When the rain began to fall, many likewise would have come to that door and wanted in, but it was too late, for the door was closed and no one else could enter in. Such will be the case when the second Remnant are called out of this earth as the attesting Noah at the end of 120 Jubilees to be glorified, and Christians who did not believe will want to repent and enter in - it will be too late! They will have missed their opportunity to enter the ark of God and will remain on this earth in earthly bodies to be burned and refined by Yahweh's Spirit for 1,000 years.
Such will equally be the case when the second Remnant are called out of this earth as the attesting five wise virgins who used their unrighteous mammon to purchase the oil needed to carry them to the completion of their required journey through the darkness of the night. "Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.," will call those who have truly become Yahshua's disciples by obeying Him and using all that they have to purchase the required oil. Then the door will be shut, and to those who then want to repent, Yahshua will say - "Truly I say to you, I do not know you" (Matthew 25:1-13).
Is there thus any question as to what is the narrow way that Yahshua was speaking of here? It is the last days fulfillment of His words - "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions." THIS is the narrow way that leads to the Bride work of the tree of life; and MOST certainly, few will be those who enter!
In mass, Christians have anticipated that they will enter into the Millennial reign with Yahshua. Christians have prophesied concerning it; they have their many books and videos and seminars; they have their wrath teachings and the false idea that they can stay a part of their broad Christianity and this world and still pass through this narrow gate. But this gate is as narrow as the eye of a needle that Yahshua equally spoke of, the two messages being one, and the rich who will not give up all their possessions will NEVER be able to enter it, though they seek for it with repentance after the door is closed and their unrighteous mammon fails. Only those who will keep and follow Yahshua's words will pass through this narrow gate - "sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." Only when one is willing to pass through the valley of Achor and devote everything to Yahweh, holding nothing back, will one find that this is in fact the door of hope.
We now see the certain relevance and application of these two passages to Christianity and the Remnant. The vast 22,000 denominations of Christianity that are entangled by the cares of this world clearly afford a broad way! In clear contrast, the narrow way is to seek the kingdom first, in the only way Yahshua said it could be obtained, and that is to obey His command to sell all, to give up all of one's possessions, and follow Him in the way that He and His disciples walked. This is the way of the Remnant. And these are your two choices today.
Let us now examine the truly awesome passage in Luke 14:33 where Yahshua said - "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions." Once again we will consider the verses just before and following it, but this time in reverse order.
Yahshua's conclusion after making this command is a somewhat cloaked message, followed by a statement that, though provoked by this conclusion, is relevant to the message in whole. And as you will see, this somewhat concealed message directly relates to that which He said immediately before this command, once again tying the entire thing together into one important congruent message. Let us look at the conclusion, adding the command as well.
"So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions. Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear" (33-35).
The ears needed to hear this entire message are called for because it has been as hidden as is this statement about salt. Looking at the breach period in the last 2,000 years, Yahshua's command about being His disciple has clearly fallen on deaf ears. Where are Yahshua's disciples who give up all their possessions? With exception to a few remote instances like Francis of Assisi or isolated cases, Christianity as a whole has been entirely remiss in keeping His word as He commanded here. Clearly they have not had "ears to hear," and this message is evidently intended for another - His second Remnant! But let us now consider His statement regarding the salt.
What one person do you think of when the question of salt is raised? Would it not be Lot's wife? Of course! She was turned into a pillar of salt for disobeying and looking back at Sodom. Most importantly, she is a clear warning to the second Remnant to not look back at Christianity and one's wealth when leaving it all behind. "Remember Lot's wife!" This is the message that is vital to today, and the hearing ears of the second Remnant understand why Yahshua would say this about salt after giving His command to give up all of one's possessions. We must remember Lot's wife and the warning that if we turn back to our wealth and Christianity, we will return to that salt that is tasteless to Him and is thrown out.
Now as we have said, this concluding message directly relates to that which is introduced in the verses immediately leading up to Yahshua's command regarding what it will cost to be His disciple. Let us now examine these.
"If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him, saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace" (26-32).
The next statement is - "So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who does not give up all his possessions."
What is the "So therefore" there for? It is there to call you to examine the cost of following Him, before you accept His call, for it will cost you everything! Over the years since 1994 when the Spirit of Yahweh came upon me, I have watched others grow weary and fall away. The Remnant Bride is not easy, and even as it is written in Isaiah 50:7, so it must be with each of you who want to pass through the narrow gate and reign with Yahshua as His Bride - "Therefore, I have set My face like flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed." One's head must equally be like that spoken of concerning Ezekiel - "Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces, and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house" (Ezekiel 3:8-9).
Over and over and over the warning is extended to the second Remnant to not grow weary. Whether it be the warning regarding Lot's wife that we find eluded to following Yahshua's command here, or the related testimonies of Achan or Ananias and Sapphira, or the persistence evidenced by Mary at the wedding feast, or by Jacob as he wrestled with God, or by Elisha as he unrelentingly followed Elijah in order to receive the double portion, or the warnings of Yahshua to the churches in Revelation regarding the need for perseverance, or the parables on how to pray, or any of the warnings we see presented here by Yahshua, one must count the cost and determine that you will pursue to the end - asking, and keeping on asking; seeking, and keeping on seeking; knocking, and keeping on knocking. Without a doubt, this unction by Yahshua to ask, seek and knock, presented just before He spoke about the narrow gate, is nothing less than a personal message to the Remnant. In order to move the mount of transfiguration to today, we must keep on asking, seeking, and knocking until we have that which is entirely essential!
If we do not do this, then what is the alternative? The thought is unthinkable! It would be another 1,000 years of death, corruption of the kingdom, blindness, lies, taking the kingdom by force, wars, darkness, spiritual drought, and in the end total failure to accomplish the requirements of the kingdom and NO fruit! Is that what you are willing to give into? By Yahweh's grace, I for one will not; and I invite you to join with me, to count the cost, and persevere towards this essential yet costly purpose of preparing the way for the Son of God with your obedience to His words, becoming His disciple.
Through the years I have seen others receive the Remnant truth and then grow weary. The seeds of truth fell on shallow ground and had no depth, and when difficulty came, they doubted and quit. Others received the seeds of truth, but because they were caught up with the road of this life, Satan came and snatched away His word and they too quit. Others could not and will not be able to leave their possessions, and regard the things of this world as of greater value than the hope and calling of His kingdom, so their fruitfulness is choked out.
I have experienced the pain and even frustration, but mostly pain, even much pain within my own household, of seeing others set their hand to the plow, but fail to continue forward. A man came to Yahshua and said to Him - "I will follow You, Lord; but first permit me to say good-by to those at home." But Yahshua said to him - "No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God" (second Remnant Luke 9:61-62).
We also read - "Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised. For yet in a very little while, He who is coming will come, and will not delay. But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he shrinks back, My soul has no pleasure in him" (Hebrews 10:35-38). I understand the close of this verse very well, for there are those who once believed the word that was planted in them, but for the various reasons Yahshua referred to in the parable of the sower, they have shrunk back, and my own soul has found no pleasure in them either. I feel the things God feels, even as I have asked of Him many times.
Thus I encourage you to count the cost, and set your hand to the plow and NEVER, NEVER turn back, looking always to the hope set before us. If you want to follow Yahshua as the Bride, you too will have to set your face like flint! You will have to pass through the narrow gate!
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